The Regional Municipality of Durham

Public Service Announcement

Leaf and yard waste collected every other week during the summer

WHITBY, ON June 2, 2014 – The Regional Municipality of Durham, Works Department would like to advise residents that the frequency of leaf and yard waste collection service will soon be changing from weekly to bi-weekly for the summer.


Leaf and yard waste is collected every other week on regular garbage collection days from June to September. Residents should check their collection calendars or go to (select the “When is my collection date?” icon) to see their specific collection days. Weekly yard waste collection will resume the first week of October.


Collection takes place in the Town of Ajax, Municipality of Clarington, City of Pickering, and the townships of Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge. Leaf and yard waste collection for Oshawa and Whitby residents is the responsibility of those individual municipalities, not the Region of Durham. These residents are asked to check their waste calendars, or contact their local municipality, regarding the collection of these items and any set-out limits.


Seventy percent of the annually collected leaf and yard waste tonnage occurs in the fall (October – November). During the summer months (June - September), leaf and yard waste collection is reduced to every other week due to lower volumes of material. The leaf and yard waste and green bin organics collected through the Region's residential curbside collection program is taken to a processing facility and turned into high-quality compost.


Residents are advised to place yard waste in paper bags, or clearly labelled rigid open-top reusable containers. Securely tie brush in bundles (limit of three per collection), up to one metre (three feet) in length and 76 centimetres (30 inches) in width, weighing no more than 20 kilograms (44 pounds). Brush and tree trimmings must be 10 centimetres (four inches) or less in diameter. Yard waste set out in plastic bags will not be collected.

For more information on leaf and yard waste collection and other waste management programs and services, please visit


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